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Photojournalism: Rae’s Creek Aqueduct

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Built about five years after the Augusta Canal in 1850, the Rae’s Creek Aqueduct was the solution to the issue of getting the canal across Rae’s Creek. Constructed by Italian stone masons, the aqueduct has the sense of permanence associated with castle ruins found overseas. Aqueduct Park, located near the Lake Olmstead Trailhead, offers more than just impressive masonry; it’s also a spot used by many for swimming, fishing and rock climbing during warm summer months.

Bridge

After parking at the Lake Olmstead Trailhead, you’ll have to cross the wooden bridge to reach the waterfall and swimming hole.


Augusta Canal

The bridge offers a nice view of the Augusta Canal.


Waterfall

A waterfall at the Augusta Canal. Photo by St. Julian Cox III

The 35-foot waterfall feeds into the swimming hole.


Aqueduct

The aqueducts at the Augusta Canal. Photo by St. Julian Cox

The imposing aqueduct arches are surrounded by thick vegetation.


Train Tracks

Railroad tracks that lead past the old Sibley Mill and Confederate Powder Works overlook the waterfall and swimming hole.

Railroad tracks that lead past the old Sibley Mill and Confederate Powder Works overlook the waterfall and swimming hole.

St. Julian Cox, III is a photojournalist for The Augusta Press. Reach him at [email protected].

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